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    Workshop on Natural Language Processing in Biomedical Applications


    Call for Papers
    Organized by the Working Group 8 of EFMI on Natural Language Understanding
    Held in conjunction with the MIE Special Topics Spring Conference

    8-9 March 2002
    Nicosia, Cyprus

    Scientific knowledge in medicine and in molecular biology is contained in
    ever increasing collections of documents as well as scientific databases.
    Processing of medical texts can rely on classifications and medical
    vocabularies such as GALEN, UMLS, SNOMED and ICD, which have been used in
    conjunction with NLP tools and techniques for various medical applications.
    NLP techniques applied to the field of molecular biology concentrate on
    semantic disambiguation. Indeed, it is a major problem for this field. Due
    to the overwhelming number of both existing and newly-created concepts,
    scientists cannot search such databases efficiently, as they are
    intrinsically heterogeneous and dynamic. Researchers in medicine and biology
    would therefore benefit from textual tools to facilitate the discovery and
    identification of important and relevant concepts.
    Workshop organisation
    This workshop aims at concentrating at one place many of the best experts in
    NLP for biomedical applications. The location can be conveniently reached
    from anywhere in Europe and is propitious for scientific debates. The
    audience is expected not to exceed 50 persons, inspiring direct face to face
    communications. Together with the workshop proceedings, a joint publication
    of the invited papers and the best presentations will be organized in the
    International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJMI) in the best time frame
    after the workshop.

    The topics of the workshop include (but are not limited to):

    -Use of existing scientific thesauri and databases as terminological
    resources for sublanguage applications

    -Thesaurus & ontology construction and maintenance from domain specific

    -Integration of scientific databases and linguistic resources

    -Text mining and information retrieval

    -Term extraction and disambiguation

    -Comparative corpus linguistics

    -Semantic annotation and evaluation

    Robert Baud (chair)
    Medical Informatics Division
    University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

    Patrick Ruch (co-chair)
    Medical Informatics Division - Department of Computer Science
    University Hospital of Geneva - Swiss National Institute of Technology,
    Lausanne, Switzerland

    Scientific Committee
    Sophia Ananiadou (Salford University, UK)
    Olivier Bodenreider (National Library of Medicine, USA)
    Berry de Bruijn (NRC, Canada)
    Paul Buitelaar (DFKI, Germany)
    Anita Burgun (CHUR, France)
    Werner Ceuster (LANDC, Belgium)
    Key-Sun Choi (KAIST, Korea)
    Udo Hahn (Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Germany)
    Arie Hasman (Maastricht University, Holland)
    Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou (Columbia University, USA)
    Judith Klavans (Columbia University, USA)
    Pierre Zweigenbaum (DIAM-SIM/DSI, France)

    Format of Submissions
    Paper submissions should consist of full papers of 5 pages maximum (times,
    11pt). The submission should include two copies of the paper: one full copy
    and one anonymous.Each submission should include a separate title page
    providing the following information: the title, a short abstract (max. 150
    words), names and affiliations of all the authors, the full address of the
    primary author, including email. The authors are requested to submit an
    electronic version of their papers (ps, pdf or doc). Electronic submissions
    should be sent to Patrick Ruch ( The official
    language of the Conference is English.

    Important Deadlines
    Submission deadline: January 22, 2002 (extended)
    Notification Date: February 10, 2002
    Camera ready copy due: February 26, 2002
    Workshop date: March 8-9, 2002


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